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dc.contributor.authorArbogast II, Terry E.en_US

The research in this document provides a comprehensive investigation of public K â 12 funding in Virginia over the time period from 1974-75 to 2002-2003. No previous examination has been conducted for the Commonwealth of Virginia that has comprehensively analyzed the data over the life of the current finance formula. Over this approximate thirty-year time period, the trends in fiscal equity among school divisions were determined. The purpose of this research was to provide a better understanding of the current status of funding equity for the Commonwealth of Virginia and to document information that could be used in future litigation concerning the issue of both fiscal equity and educational adequacy.

To conduct this study, research studies and information pertaining to national funding issues, as well as Virginia funding issues, were collected and analyzed. This information, as well as prior litigation, was obtained from searches on ERIC, the Internet, and Westlaw. Next, fiscal and student data were obtained from the Virginia Education Association (VEA), the United States Department of Education, Bureau of Federal Impact Aid, and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) for the funding periods from FYs 1975 to 2003. These data included information regarding state expenditures, local expenditures, state sales taxes, federal revenue, and other fiscal and non-fiscal data pursuant to each of the approximately one hundred and thirty-five school divisions in Virginia.

The study also provided an analysis of the evolution of fiscal equity litigation during this time period. Further, the data obtained from the VEA and VDOE were examined to determine whether the funding disparities among school divisions have become more evident or less evident over this time period. In order to determine this, a series of statistics were applied to comparable data to determine the level of fiscal equity achieved by the Commonwealth for each of the selected fiscal years. The Verstegen-Stevens Fiscal Equity Statistics software was used with permission to apply the generally accepted equity statistics.

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dc.subjectEducational Financeen_US
dc.subjectElementary/Secondary Educationen_US
dc.titleAn Historical Analysis on Fiscal Equity in Virginia 1974-2003en_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreeEd. D.en_US of Educationen_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairSalmon, Richard G.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberInman, Deborahen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTwiford, Travis W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberAlexander, M. Daviden_US
dc.contributor.committeememberUnderwood, Julieen_US

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